Bringing back the pegged-up boyfriend jean

Another article on what a trendsetter Katie Holmes is with her boyfriend baggy jeans! What do you think? Is Katie the new celeb to watch for her fashion choices?

Is Katie Holmes a fashion trendsetter?

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They’re called boyfriend jeans because you steal (or borrow) them from your significant other, which is precisely what celebrity trendsetter Katie Holmes did while strolling the streets of Los Angeles in her husband Tom Cruise’s favorite denims.


The trend originated in the 1950s, when working women needed something they could move around in and be comfortable. The jeans were most commonly worn with a tucked-in blouse and a colorful handkerchief wrapped around the head. We saw them emerge again in the ’80s, this time with those oh-so-terrible elastic waistbands and bloomer-like fits.


Today, there are some need-to-know basics on executing the perfect peg or cuff.

ÔÇó First and foremost, the fit should be delightfully loose, just grazing your thigh. Proportion is very important, so make sure it fits your hips loosely (and wear a great leather belt). Avoid at all costs the bloomer or diaper butt.

ÔÇó Secondly, when pegging or cuffing the leg, pull tight at the hem and use the guideline of a one- to two-inch cuff. Roll this up until it hits mid-calf. If you are petite, this is going to emphasize your small frame. But this doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Just play up your size with peep-toe heels and a cute fitted blouse. If you’re tall, try a pair of flats.

ÔÇó Third, absolutely do not roll up the cuff or peg so tightly that your calf turns purple.

Now all you need is the right pair of jeans. If your boyfriend just won’t part with his, a few of our favorite designers include the iconic Levi’s and stylists-turned-designers Current/Elliott, well known in the industry for introducing reconstructed vintage denim to mega-celebs like Nicole Richie and Mandy Moore.

Meticulous attention to detail makes their re-constructed vintage jeans something special, even historical. Plus, the denim is super-worn-in by what they call a love wash. Check out their ultra-feminine pieces at

If shopping on the web makes your eyes twitch, there’s always Lucky Brand, which has been pumping out solid denim pieces for years.

All in all, this is a fashion trend to get behind.




  1. None of them are trendsetters- I am sure some stylist told them to wear them and now everyone is like ‘wow what a trendsetter’…

  2. I don’t care if all of Hollywood is wearing it, I haven’t pegged cuffs since the 6th grade and it’s going to stay that way.

  3. ^^^ Ha ha ha, I agree Malves. I am slow to jump on trends anyway, I didn’t buy a pair of skinnies until they’d been out for a long time, and I tend to stick more to bootcut & wideleg styles. You will not find me in pegged boyfriend jeans anytime this century, but if other people can pull them off, more power to ‘ya.